In the May 20 edition of the column, I reported on a story in Record-Journal about a pilot who made an emergency landing at Connecticut’s Meriden-Markham Airport. I inadvertently named the pilot who made the landing as as Jeffrey Standel. While Standel is a pilot, he was was not flying the aircraft. Instead, he was merely a bystander who was quoted in the newspaper article. I will contact Mr. Standel and offer him an apology for my mistake.
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Plane spotters love Tony Blair. Thanks to his Bombardier Global Express BD-700 in a distinctive black-and-gold livery, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s jet has become a popular target for plane spotters, reports the Independent. The jet has been spotted in upstate New York, Bangkok, and Sardinia.
A jet with the Midas touch. CNBC reports on Eric Roth of International Jet Interiors, who specializes in upgrading private jets. He’s done everything from putting gold on every fixture in a jet to procuring an alligator skin toilet seat.
Jump! Two parachutists dressed in black were seen base-jumping off a building near the the World Trade Center site, reports CNN. They made the jump, got into a car and left without a trace.
We’ll end the week with this YouTube video about James Minton of Wilkes County, N.C.. H was found safe after a plane crash in Alaska, where he left a the note at the scene and said he was OK.
What are those F-16 fighter jets doing there? a Diamond DA40 was one of three aircraft that were intercepted by F-16 fighter jets after enter a no-fly zone over the United Nations in New York City, reports the Asbury Park Press. The aircraft eventually landed at New Jersey’s Monmouth Executive Airport.
Is it a ghost aircraft if you can see it? Officials in North Carolina are investigating how an aircraft ended up in the bottom of Lake Norman, reports the New York Daily News.
It did say “No Parking.” Business Insider reports on a Boulder, Colo., police officer and jokester who issued a parking ticket to an Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter parked on the street in between work rescuing stranded victims of the Colorado flood. The pilot of the helicopter was cited for “facing the wrong way” and “parking in a no parking zone.”
Captain Kirk afraid to fly? Sir Richard Branson, the man behind Virgin Galactic, says that actor William Shatner, who portrayed Capt. James Kirk in the iconic television series “Star Trek,” declined an offer to fly into space on Virgin Galactic because of his fear of flying, reports the Daily Mail.
Now taking off — Air Turtle. A juvenile loggerhead turtle was flown on a Cessna Citation II from Brigantine, N.J., y to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program in Charleston, reports the French Tribune. The turtle was missing the major part of its right rear flipper and will be in physical therapy.
Now landing — on Lake Shore Drive. Pilot John Pedersen was forced to make an emergency landing on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. He told investigators that his aircraft developed mechanical problems.
Two weeks ago, I had the chance to fly in one of EAA’s Ford Trimotorswhen it came to Frederick Municipal Airport and did a story about it for AOPA Live This Week (my first video piece!). Plus I did a story about how Fort Worth, Texas-based Greatest Generation Aircraft will offer visitors at the upcoming AOPA Aviation Summit’s Airportfest the chance to ride in or even fly a Douglas C-47.
So I must have had airplanes on the brain when I posted this – The one aircraft I’d love to fly is __________________. You can see the results, below. We had a record response, so I thought I’d share 10 of my favorite from the 354 responses. You can also see photos of more of the named aircraft over on our Pinterest board.
- Kevin Pannebakker Gulfstream G650
- Stephen Langkau Curtiss Jenny
Scott Rodenbeck P-51 Mustang
Heather J. Chandler F/A – 18 SuperHornet
Greg D. Baker Lake Renegade
Ankit Chauhan MIG 21 Bison
Steven Bradshaw The Space Shuttle!
Michael Kevin Sibille BD-5J
Bradley Johnson Super Cub Amphib out of Lake Spinard/Hood AK
Derek Grier Vought F4U-D
John Vincent McGuire Beechcraft Starship
Bonus – Marty Gasper A newly refurbished Debonair!
Drugs and airplanes don’t mix. A Falcon 50 jet based in France was stopped in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, after local police found 1,500 pounds of cocaine, valued at approximately $26 million packed in 26 suitcases, reports Aviation International News. The jet’s three pilots and one passenger were arrested and jailed.
Step away from the tower. Four teens were arrested by the FBI after allegedly damaging the VOR tower in Flagstaff, Ariz., reports KPHO-TV. Charges against the youths are pending.
The airplane crash that wasn’t. North Dakota’s Williams County Emergency Services recently did a training exercise based on an aircraft crash at Minot International Airport, reports KMOT-TV. was practicing what they would do if a plane crashed at the airport.
Do the crime, do the time. Steven French was sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to pointing a laser into the cockpit of a Lexington Police helicopter because he was “bored,” reports WKYT-TV. He will also be on probation for a year.
Good landings. A pilot with three passengers onboard made an emergency landing in a cornfield shortly after taking off from Michigan’s Tiny Zehnder Airport in Frankenmuth Township, reports MLive.com. The pilot said the engine malfunctioned. A pilot walked away after landing his Piper PA-24 into a corn field after taking off from Canada’s Woodstock Airport, reports the Norwich Bulletin.
A commercial flight was just fine with him. U.S. Open Tennis champion Rafael Nadal declined an offer by the Spanish government to fly him by private jet to a Davis Cup match, reports TheLocal.com. He said he didn’t feel right making the state pay for private travel.
We’ll end the week with this video from the Alaska Dispatch that shows how to land your private plane in a gorge, in a blizzard.
How did this miss sequestration? The government is shelling out nearly $7,000 a month on the lease for Aero Marti, an old Gulfstream G-1 used by the Office of Cuba Broadcasting to beam in uncensored Spanish news into the country, reports AvWeb.
Pentagon cuts Google fuel discount. The Pentagon has ended a deal it signed with Google in 2007 that allowed the company to buy fuel for its seven jets and two helicopters at a discount, reports Cnet. The Pentagon allegedly found out the company was using the fuel for non-government flights.
What is it with gliders? A teen member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets spent a brief time in the hospital with minor injuries after an emergency landing of his Schweizer SGS 2-33A glider on the roof of a convenience store near Vancouver, reports AvWeb.
Good landings. William Booth made an emergency landing of his vintage Lake Renegade aircraft in a field near Saratoga County Airport, reports the Saratogian. The FAA and NTSB are investigating how a Piper PA-18 Super Cub was found upside down on a beach in California’s Ranchos Palos Verdes, reports the LA Times.
Old? Who’s old? Tom Lackey, 93, has broken his own Guinness World Records feat of being the world’s oldest wing walker, reports the Guardian. he was tied to the top of a 1943 Boeing Stearman during the one hour, 21-minute flight from Scotland’s Castle Kennedy to the City of Derry Airport
How much for the vase, the beanbag chair and the vintage 1946 Cessna 140? Robbie and Pam Love decided to have a garage sale — and included their vintage 1946 Cessna 140 among the items available for purchase, reports WJFA. The couple got $17,500 for the aircraft.
We’ll end the week with this YouTube video of two men making an emergency landing in the Alaksa wilderness.
Emergency landing. A Beechcraft 1900D with 10 people aboard made a belly landing at Telluride Regional Airport after the left landing gear collapsed, reports the LA Times. Among those aboard were people coming to the ski town to screen the new documentary “Salinger.”
For safety’s sake. Pilots for Australia’s Ambulance Victoria are refusing to land at the local hospital until the facility cuts down some trees, reports the Herald Sun. Instead, pilots are dropping patients off at Delacombe Park, where they are transferred by road ambulance.
Now landing: Blair Force One. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was recently seen at New York’s Adirondack Regional Airport, reports the Adiroindack Daily Enterprise.
Emergency helicopter landing. A helicopter operated by California’s Fresno County Sherrif’s Office was forced to make an emergency landing on a baseball field at Washington Union High School, reports FOX 26. The pilot said he felt a vibration in the helicopter’s tail rotor.
NOT an emergency helicopter landing. The police chief of Salisbury, Mass., was called to the parking lot of the Kitten’s Gentlemen’s Club. Why? Residents saw a helicopter parked in the lot and wondered if there was an emergency, reports the Newburyport News. It turns out the helicopter had flown in a well-known dancer who performs under the stage name of “Bridget the Midget.”
Don’t ask what meal they had on the flight. More than 1,000 chickens rescued from an egg-laying farm were airlifted to new homes to live a cage-free life, reports the Today show. The animals were rescued by California-based shelter and sanctuary Animal Place.
Interesting drone stories. First, a drone fell from the sky and crashed into onlookers at a running of the bulls event at the Virginia Motorsports Park, reports the Verge. Five spectators had minor injuries. The whole thing was videotaped. Second, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District has begun testing drones to battle an infestation of black salt marsh mosquito, reports the Miami Herald. An attached camera will survey hard-to-reach mangroves to track the mosquitos.
Emergency landings. A pilot trying to land at made an emergency landing at Vernon Airport in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, instead ended up in a pasture near the Allan Brooks Nature Centre in the Commonage, reports the Vernon Morning Star. A 60-year-old pilot flying a homebuilt aircraft made an emergency landing in a field near Green Bay, Wisc., after taking off from a private airstrip, reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The end of an era. British stunt pilot Doug Gregory has reluctantly decided to end his aerobatics career now that he’s turned 90 years old, reports the Daily Mail. The World War II pilot says he will continue to fly.
I’ll take a runway and a jumbo Coke, please. Jerome Orlando was forced to make an emergency landing next to a Wawa convenience store in Fredericksburg, Va., after his piston aircraft ran low on fuel, reports WTVR-TV. He landed about a half a mile away from Shannon Airport.
It was a sea plane rescue. A pilot was rescued by two seaplane pilots headed to Miami after being forced to ditch his Cessna 150 into the Atlantic Ocean due to engine trouble, reports KeysNews.com.
Survived a lake landing. Four people aboard a Cessna 172B managed to swim away after their engine lost power and the pilot made an emergency landing into Oregon’s Marion Lake in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, reports KVAL-TV.
It was a wheels-up landing. A Beechcraft Bonanza carrying a pilot and a passenger was forced to make an emergency landing at Pennsylvania’s Bedford County Airport after having trouble with the nose gear, reports the Tribune-Democrat.
A simple skydive just wasn’t enough. Daredevil Anthony Martin’s latest stunt was to free himself from shackles and a locked casket — as he was dropped from an aircraft, reports Houston’s ABC13. He escaped and landed in a field in Northern Illinois.
Speaking of drones… The Washington Post offers this story about how drones have become part of the movie making process. Films including “Skyfall,” “Oblivion,” “Man of Steel,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” and “The Hunger Games” have used footage filmed by drones.
This is a test. This is only a test. Comux, British Columbia’s fire department recently did a training exercise that simulated a small aircraft crash, reports HQComuxValley.com. The exercise was done in advance of the Comux Air Show, which happened Aug. 17.
Helicopter rescue. Two women were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue crew from a cliff after getting stuck on a cliff at Oregon’s Chapman Point, reports the Daily Astorian.
Hard landings. Two people aboard a Beechcraft BE76 walked away after the nose gear of their aircraft collapsed when landing at San Diego’s Gillespie Field, reports UT San Diego. An 85-year-old man from Bay City. Mich., walked away after making an emergency landing in a cornfield near Zehnder Airfield, reports MLive.com.